Over the years, millions of 5.25" floppy drives have been discarded because of an easily repaired defect: Loss of track-centering alignment. This problem is easily repaired with simple tools such as a screwdriver, a computer/monitor, and a software disk. Track-centering misalignment is suggested when a floppy drive can read its own written disks, but gives disk-errors when attempting to read disks written on other drivers. Likewise, the disks written on the misaligned drive give error... Topics: Kansasfest, Apple II, floppy drives, Stephen Buggie
A presentation at KansasFest 2013.Rob Walch of Today in iOS podcast joins us for a look at tips, tricks, and the latest in Apple’s iOS and related hardware. Topics: iphone 5, iOS, kansasfest, Today in iOS
A presentation at KansasFest 2010 by Ken Gagne, July 24 2010.Juiced.GS, now the longest-running and last remaining Apple II publication in print, has been providing retrocomputing enthusiasts with news, reviews, interviews, and how-tos for 15 years. Where do we go from here? The past, present, and future of this quarterly Apple II journal merge in four exciting announcements that will change Juiced.GS forever. Topics: KansasFest, Juiced.GS, Apple II, computer magazines, Apple II magazine
The Golden Age of the Apple IIThe Apple II was in production from 1977 to 1993. From early interest to broad adoption to being over shadowed by the Mac, followed by cancellation, diehard support, and retrocomputing revitalization, the machine has survived many eras and purposes. What was the golden age of the Apple II? What constituted its heyday, and how long did it last — assuming it's already over, or has even happened? Jason Scott will moderate this panel consisting of Bob Bishop (Apple... Topics: Apple II, KansasFest, computer history, Jason Scott
Quick demo of game engine and artwork developments during the past year for Lawless Legends, the 8-bit wild-west RPG. Please note: Mic recording has not been found for this session, so we use ambient recording. Topic: Kansasfest 2015 Sessions Lawless Legends
Kansasfest 2015: Interviews: Save the community's stories, by Kevin Savetz. I have done dozens of interviews of Atari people for the ANTIC podcast, from CEOs, to coders, magazine publishers to manual writers, to at-home crackers. By doing so, I've created a trove of oral history about the early computing community. (Bonus: In the process, I've unearthed source code and design documents that have never before been public.) I'll share some particularly interesting snippets, and tell you exactly... Topic: Kansasfest 2015 Sessions, How To Get Interviews, AtariPodcast.com, ANTIC Podcast, Atari 8-bit,...
From KansasFest 2015: General announcements of projects and products by various attendees - open mic allowed anyone with something to share to get up and mention it. Topic: Kansasfest 2015 Product Announcements
From KansasFest 2015: Japanese on the Apple IIGS...continued. Last year, I shared the history of the GS/OS Japanese environment developed by users of the NIftyServe Apple II & GS Forum (FAPPLE) in the early 1990s, showing how applications can be localized using existing software. This year I will demonstrate solutions to some remaining problem areas, with a focus on the Toolbox. Topic: Kansasfest 2015: Japanese GSOS
The Logo programming language was popular for teaching children among educators and academics during the heydey of the Apple II. Logo promised to revolutionize education through the limitless microworlds that personal computers enabled. By the end of the 1980s, there was growing disillusionment with Logo. Two Logo vendors, Terrapin and LCSI, survive today, but the world of Logo is much different. Why did the excitement about Logo fade? Where can we see the influences of Logo today? What... Topic: Kansasfest 2015: What Happened To Logo
"Unboxing" videos are big on YouTube, with millions of people tuning in to watch your first impressions of a commercial product. When it comes to software, "Let's Play" is an unboxing's natural successor: a video that combines A/V capture of your favorite computer games with original audio commentary and narrative. Rather than provide a direct, unadulterated recording of a product, you share with your audience your personal experience and history with the software. In this... Topic: Kansasfest 2015 Ken Gagne Let's Play
From Kansasfest 2015. This talk will present information on the Tandy Color Computer, a system which was a contemporary of the Apple II line from the II+ through the IIgs. While this is a different system from a different vendor, there are some interesting points of comparison between the CoCo and the Apple II line. This talk will offer both historical and technical information about the Tandy Color Computer. Topic: Kansasfest 2015: What Is A Coco?
From Kansasfest 2015. PLASMA - a new programming language for the Apple II and more: Covers the development of PLASMA - Proto Language Assembler for Apple. Includes the history of VMs, development timeline, and usage in Lawless Legends/Rogue. Topic: Kansasfest 2015 The Plasma Language
From Kansasfest 2015. Join Brian Wiser and Bill Martens for a brief overview of the A.P.P.L.E. Users Group and Call-A.P.P.L.E. Hear new product announcements and a few surprises. Topic: Kansasfest 2015 Sessions Call APPLE
From Kansasfest 2015. This talk covers Fahrfall, a long term project of mine. Fahrfall has been the subject of several of my Retrochallenge projects over the past few years, and it has developed a strong following among users of the Tandy Color Computer. Fahrfall recently became the first Tandy CoCo software released on ROM cartridge in 20+ years. My Retrochallenge 2015/01 project involved porting Fahrfall to the Apple IIe/IIc/IIgs line of machines. This talk will recap that effort and discuss... Topic: Kansasfest 2015 Sessions Fahrfall
From Kansasfest 2015. WeeGUI is a new tool for generating quick and easy graphical user interfaces for your AppleSoft BASIC or assembly language programs. Whether you want to write the next ProTERM, or just want a nicer looking way to launch your rockets, WeeGUI has you covered. Keyboard control? No problem. Got mouse? Easy peasy. Come to this session and learn how WeeGUI works, get your free copy, and start building cooler programs! Topic: Kansasfest 2015 Wee GUI
Kansasfest 2015: Sequencer-Controlled Music Synthesis for the Apple II Describes a wavetable music synthesis program for 8-bit Apple IIs that is controlled by an external sequencer. Both the method of real-time synthesis and the method of external control is explained. Includes a demonstration of the system by Charles Mangin. Topic: Kansasfest 2015 - Beyond the Beep
From Kansasfest 2015. Eminent Apple IIgs enthusiast Dagen Brock will give 30 slides in 30 minutes on why his Apple II's are having the best year ever. Hold on to your seats and buckle your face as he exposes an immense set of events and details that will forever change your view of computing and the human condition. Topic: Kansasfest
Q&A with John Romero at KansasFest 2012, following his keynote.John Romero discusses his experience starting out on the Apple II, what he’s learned over the years about famous Apple II coders, and his recollections of coding games on the Apple II in the 80s. Topics: KansasFest, Kfest, Apple II, Apple 2, John Romero, Q&A
A presentation at KansasFest 2012.Get the inside story of AppleWorks from the only programmer who worked on three major releases (3, 4, 5). Best-known for creating the first macro add-on for AppleWorks and developing it into a full-blown programming language, Randy Brandt also contributed more than a dozen applications to the TimeOut series and was the AppleWorks project manager and primary data base developer from version 3.0 on. He worked for Beagle Bros, Claris, Quality Computers and his... Topics: Apple II, AppleWorks, KansasFest, Kfest, Randy Brandt
Dr. Steve Weyhrich presents some selected topics from the Apple II History that he’s recently researched, Apple II magazines and more.A talk at KansasFest 2012. Topics: Apple 2, Apple II, Apple II magazines, computer magazines, kansasfest, kfest, computer history,...
NiftyList is one of the most amazing utilities for the Apple IIgs to provide details of what is running in the system. It can be used debug code and provide information what applications are doing at the current moment.A talk presented at KansasFest July 21, 2012Website: http://www.gwlink.net/geoff/ Topics: KansasFest, Kfest, Apple II, NiftyList
Dive into the heart of the Apple IIgs to see how the tools work. Details will include how to write a tool set and how to patch tools.A talk presented at KansasFest July 18, 2012Website: http://www.gwlink.net/geoff/ Topics: KansasFest, Kfest, NiftyList, Apple II, Apple IIGS, toolsets
Audio from a talk given by Ken Gagne, publisher of Juiced.GS magazine, at KansasFest 2012.Juiced.GS is the only and longest-running Apple II publication in print. We haven't gotten this far simply by staying the course. You might not notice that every year, we are trying something new, whether it's innovating our flagship product or developing entirely new products. What will it be this year? Here's a hint: at KansasFest 2012, we won't have just one product to announce…. or two… or three…... Topics: Kansasfest, Kfest, Apple II, Juiced.GS, computer magazine, Ken Gagne
Audio from a session at KansasFest 2012.Using the theme of Classic Desk Accessories on the Apple IIgs, there will be a look at what it takes to program them using Orca/C (bring a computer with Orca/C and write a CDA in 10 minutes!). 8-bit programmers are encouraged to attend to leverage the CDA as a means to make software IIgs savvy. Examples of accessing the IIgs hardware from Orca/C will be given, including how to use the Apple II game port. Several brand new Classic Desk Accessories will be... Topics: Apple II, Apple 2, KansasFest, Kfest, GSOS, GS/OS, Classic Desk Accessory, CDA, Apple IIgs, Orca/C
A presentation at KansasFest 2012.Rob Walch of Today in iOS podcast joins us for a look at tips, tricks, and the latest in Apple’s iOS and related hardware.Website: http://tii.libsyn.com Topics: iOS, iphone, ipad, kansasfest, kfest
A presentation by Carrington Vanston by KansasFest 2012.Inform 7, the newest version of the longstanding text adventure creation software, is a very approachable platform for people who might want to create their own Infocom-style games.Inform is so approachable, in fact, that we are going to make an entire (if tiny) text adventure game from scratch in 30 minutes. We’ll do it "improv style," taking suggestions from the audience, building out the rooms and objects based on their... Topics: Inform 7, interactive fiction, text adventure, programming, game programming, Apple 2, Apple II,...
For this talk, Jason Scott is covering two "terrific machines": The Apple II itself, and the mechanism of Archive.org and how this non-profit library is working so hard to collect so much history, including vintage computer history. Having been well-seasoned in a year and a half of working at the Archive, Jason will lay out how things work there, how to make the place work for you and efforts to save history, and some success stories of same.The talk was given remotely for KansasFest... Topics: archive.org, Internet Archive, Jason Scott, Apple II, Kansasfest, kfest
HackFest is an Apple II programming competition held over the course of KansasFest every year and open to all attendees. This video shows the entries and results.For more info: http://www.kansasfest.org/hackfest/Jeremy RandCurtaSim 1stJeff BlakeneyColourfill game2ndIvan DruckerMagic GOSUB3rdScott MillerA formula fo drawing the word KFest4thMartin HayeApple /// crack screenPeter NeubauerLissajous curve plotteMike MaginnisApple III piano Topics: KansasFest, kfest, hackfest, Apple 2, Apple II, programming contest
Live recording of the Retro Computing Roundtable podcast at KansasFest 2012.Site: http://rcrpodcast.com Topics: Kansasfest, kfest, Retro Computing Roundtable, podcast, retrocomputing, vintage computers, Apple II
Oct 22, 2015byDavid Greelish, Carrington Vanston, Earl Evans, Ken Gagne
A panel at KansasFest 2012 with Ken Gagne, David Greelish, Carrington Vanston and Earl EvansWhat do Retro Computing Roundtable, Open Apple, 1 MHz, Retrobits, Classic Computing Show, DoubleTake, and Challenge Talk all have in common? These podcasts’ hosts and co-hosts will all be in attendance at KansasFest 2012! But the similarity ends there, with each show having a different approach to collaboration and production, content and audience. Listen to hosts Ken Gagne, David Greelish, Carrington... Topics: Apple II, podcasting, podcasts, Kansasfest, kfest, podcasters
Solar Powered Apple IIA presentation at KansasFest 2012 by Peter NeubauerWhat does it take to run an Apple II off solar power? I'll discuss the power requirements for an a Apple II, the basics of solar power, and the details of my solar setup.Website: http://bluerwhite.org Topics: Apple II, Apple 2, Kansasfest, kfest, Solar power, solar powered computers, Apple Iic
What is the demoscene all about? We’ll look at the Apple II’s place in this unique subculture and have a look at several well-known demos.A presentation at KansasFest 2012 by Andy MolloyWebsite: http://landsnail.com Topics: Kansasfest, Kfest, Apple II, demoscene
KansasFest's 2012 sessions kick off with a keynote speech by John Romero, co-founder of id Software and creator of Wolfenstein 3D, Dangerous Dave, and nearly a hundred other popular computer and video games. Romero, whose Apple II credits include Dangerous Dave and Dark Castle, has been a pillar of the electronic entertainment industry for nearly as long as the Apple II has existed. Popular Apple II magazine inCider published Romero's first program in 1984, with many more of his titles to... Topics: KansasFest, Kfest, John Romero, Apple II, Apple 2, Wolfenstein 3D, id Software, Dark Castle,...
The Development of the Third Tier of Personal Computingby David GreelishA presentation at KansasFest 2012The presentation starts with a short, but excellent overview on the general history of electronic computing. It establishes the four generations of electronic computers, with the fourth being our current generation of microprocessor based, "personal" computers. I discuss how the desktop computer established and was / is the first "tier" in personal computing. The second... Topics: Kansasfest, Kfest, personal computers, computer history
Why I Left My First Love – The Sordid Tale of a Fickle Apple II Userby Earl EvansA presentation at KansasFest 2012The first microcomputer I ever encountered was the Apple II, and it was love at first sight. However, throughout the following years, my computing experience brought me in and out of the Apple II world. This presentation explores my personal history with the Apple II – and why I flirted with other 8-bit computers, eventually settling on the competition for my own home computer.... Topics: KansasFest, Kfest, Apple II, Commodore 64, computer history, Apple 2
Ken Gagne - Kickstarter BrainstormingA presentation at KansasFest 2012Kickstarter is a popular Web site used for "crowdfunding" — the solicitation of small amounts of money from individuals to fund independent projects. It has been used successfully by Jason Scott, David Greelish, and 8 Bit Weapon to support retrocomputing projects. How can we apply this tool to the Apple II community? What ideas might we make real through a successful Kickstarter campaign? Bring your thinking caps,... Topics: KansasFest, Kfest, Kickstarter, crowdfunding, Apple 2, Apple II
Ken Gagne - Wordpress For DummiesA presentation at KansasFest 2012Start your own Apple II Web site, blog, online business, or podcast with WordPress, a free and open-source content management system (CMS). Learn how to get started, how to install a theme, what the essential plugins are, and how to start publishing. Relevant webmastering tools, like Google Analytics, Feedburner, and Navicat will be reviewed. This session is aimed at beginners, with no knowledge of CSS, PHP, or MySQL necessary... Topics: KansasFest, Kfest, Wordpress, blogging, Apple II
KansasFest 2012 - Tony Diaz - The Apple II RoadshowA presentation at KansasFest 2012.If there were to be an Apple II Road Show … this is what it might be like. Learn what makes or breaks an Apple II, how to spot a "fake" and what a true collector would look for. Everyone is encouraged to bring their Apple II treasures for appraisal. Topics: Apple II, Kansasfest, Kfest, Tony Diaz, historical computer values, eBay
Price of Persia Source Code: Saved!A presentation at KansasFest 2012Tony Diaz and Jason Scott heeded the call and saved Jordan Mechner’s source code for the classic Prince of Persia. Relive the recovery.Website: http://www.16sector.com Topics: Apple II, Apple 2, Prince Of Persia, Tony Diaz, Jason Scott, Jordan Mechner, source code, computer...
KansasFest 2012 — Wayne Arthurton — The Apple II’s Gaming LegacyA presentation given at KansasFest 2012A tour of franchises started on the Apple II that are still going strong or coming back. A surprising number of modern games can directly trace their heritage to games originating on our favorite machine.Website: http://waynearthurton.com Topics: KansasFest, Apple 2, Apple II, games, computer game history
Kansas Fest 2012 — Martin Haye — Code Dangerously With Naked-DevA presentation given at KansasFest 2012 Introducing Naked-Dev: a complete Apple II programming environment which brings instant gratification to both Applesoft and machine language coders. With Naked-Dev, you'll be able to write machine language code in real-time — no assembly required — using either a new, easy-to-learn, English-readable language called SHORT, or by writing standard 6502 assembly code in a dramatically... Topics: KansasFest, Apple 2, Apple II, programming, Short, Naked-Dev
Rob Walch of Today in iOS podcast joins us for a look at tips, tricks, and the latest in Apple’s iOS and related hardware. A presentation at Kansasfest - July 15, 2015 Topic: iOS, ipad, iphone, Today in iOS, Rob Walch
Most computer equipment contain EPROMs on their circuits: CPUs, printers, interface cards, or peripherals. The EPROM chips contain firmware code to control operation of the device. An EPROM looks like a large IC chip: It is wide, with 24 to 40 pins. There is a small round window in the center of the upper side of the chip, with a microlattice of fine metal wires visible through the clear quartz-glass window. The EPROM chips can be erased and reconfigured by hours of exposure to ultraviolet... Topic: Apple II, Apple 2, KansasFest, EPROM, EPROMs, EEPSOMS